Adam 12

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Their self-titled third album was the breakthrough: 3-times platinum, with hit singles "Don't Stay Home," "All Mixed Up" and "Down."

Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. July 11 is one.

  • 1959

    July 11, 1959: Richard Steven Sambora is born in Perth Amboy, NJ. You know him, of course, as Richie Sambora, lead guitarist for Bon Jovi from their inception in 1983 through his departure in 2013. Here he is out in front of the band for a song at the Garden back in 2011.

  • 1965

    July 11, 1965: Scott Gardner Shriner is born in Toledo, OH. He took up the bass guitar in high school, put it down for a spell to join the Marines, then picked it back up again at the age of 25, which led to his joining Weezer in 2001. If you do the math, Scott Shriner has been the band’s bassist for over two decades, which makes him Weezer’s longest-tenured bass player. Here he is on stage at Boston Calling last May covering Nirvana’s “Lithium.”

  • 1995

    July 11, 1995: 311 releases their self-titled third album, better known as the Blue Album. This was the band’s breakthrough release, chock-full of charting singles like “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” and what I believe to be an Top 5 all-time entry in the 311 discography, “Don’t Stay Home.”

  • 2003

    July 11, 2003: Pearl Jam wraps up the last of three dates at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA, aka the “No Repeats” shows. The band had originally booked dates at the shed on July 2 and 3. After the July 2 show they realized that, if they added a third show and squeezed in an acoustic set opening for themselves, they could play their entire catalog at the time without repeating a song. And, technically, they did. I was at the show and the setlist was incredible.

    Pearl Jam Setlist 071103

  • 2014

    July 11, 2014: Thomas Erdelyi passed away at the age of 65. You know him best as Tommy Ramone, the drummer of the Ramones for their formative first four years as a band. Let’s honor the legend by going back to The Orpheum in Boston for the Rocket to Russia Tour, 1977.